By COLlive reporter
The 9 finalists in the Jewish Kids Got Talent competition have been announced, chosen by judges along with audience votes on the Jewish Kids Got Talent website.
Submissions ranged from piano solos to photography, from Challah baking to ping pong.
Finalists are: Las Vegas resident Estee Ackerman, who made headlines last year when the nationally ranked ping pong player bowed out of the US National Table Tennis Championships after discovering that her next scheduled match conflicted with Shabbos.
Rochel Szmerling of Melbourne, Australia who regularly entertains senior citizens at an old age home with her piano playing skills.
After weeks of baking and delivering challah weekly to her non-observant Jewish neighbor, Chaya Muchnik of California launched her own challah baking initiative to others a taste of their Jewish heritage.
Israeli singer Eli Avidani, who wowed crowds last year on Yom Hazikaron with his vocal abilities.
Aspiring photographer Leah Schlanger of California who uses photography as a medium to teach others about Hashem’s inspiring creations.
Spring Valley resident Leah Margaretten who crafts miniatures, both whimsical and exquisite, out of clay.
Yossi Stambler of Warsaw who tells over a Torah concept from memory.
Zalman Liberow of Colorado Springs who can solve a Rubik’s cube in just under three minutes.
Yehoshua Greenberg of Florida who performs with his Chasidic puppets, designed to educate and inspire people in their Judaism.
The finalists will present their talents at Tzivos Hashem’s 33rd Annual Dinner, to take place at the Grand Prospect Hall in New York City on December 9th. The winners will be chosen live by audience vote during the dinner.
The gala dinner will feature entertainment by M Generation Choir, Zalman Krause. Comedian Modi will serve as MC, along with young assistant MC Ari Raskin.
The event is being produced by Danny Finkelman of Sparks Next and Danny Keizler of Israevents, and co-produced by Meir Kalmenson.
To donate and make a reservation for the upcoming dinner, please visit www.tzivoshashem.org/dinner